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Integrated Aesthetics and the Passenger Experience

The styling or aesthetic quality of the arm has an impact on the end user. For best results all technical and performance aspects of an arm design should be resolved early enough in the design cycle to allow for styling considerations to then be fully addressed. Too often the video arm component of the cabin/seat design project is started too late. When this happens, the stack-up of design constraints can lead to arms that are hard-to-deploy or that have less-than-optimum styling. Insist on a quality of styling that complements the cabin environment, with a design that adds value by creating strong impressions of quality and durability.

Aesthetics qualities are hard to define but they do follow certain guidelines. The questions we like to ask, and that we feel every cabin and seat designer should ask, are:.

♦     Is the styling of the arm up-to-date?
♦     Do the video arms seem "out-of-place" in relation to the styling of the seat and the rest of the cabin?
♦     Are the video arms "industrial-looking"?

In premium cabins especially, avoid arms that are designed only for ease-of-manufacturing. Look for a clean, smooth outer finish on video arms, for example, polished, bright-dip anodized, powdercoated or plated. Beware of arms with sharp corners on exposed components. Look for nicely blended radii, recessed fastener holes, with good consistency of color from one component to the next, and from one complete arm to the next. Check the alignment of moving parts especially in positions just before stowing and as fully deployed. Check the arm/joint motions to see that they are smooth. Remember, there is no good reason to sacrifice the look and feel of the video arm. The proper aesthetics can be incorporated cost-effectively into the design.